Keith Grammar School has come out on top in an annual competition which sees pupils from across Scotland put underwater robots they have designed and built to the test.
The Scottish leg of the MATE ROV challenge, co-ordinated by Robert Gordon University,saw eight schools put their ROVs through a series of challenges at RGU Sport.
This STEM initiative aims to inspire future engineers through hands-on experience of designing (ROVs) used underwater in the oil and gas, defence, oceanology and marine renewables industries.
It is one of 24 regional heats held around the world by the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Centre in California, USA
The Keith Grammar School team emerged victorious, after a panel of industry experts scored the teams on how well they completed the missions, as well as taking into consideration the technical reports, poster displays, and engineering presentations the pupils were required to produce.
Robert Gordon’s College placed second, with Portlethen Academy in third, while Keith Grammar also triumphed in the technical prize for safety protocol. Alford Academy was awarded the Encouragement for Future Development award and Inverurie Academy picked up the teamwork award.
Keith Grammar School will now travel to compete in this year’s international final which will be held at Long Beach City College in Long Beach, California, in June 2017.
To date, Scottish MATE ROV has worked with more than 500 pupils from over 40 schools over the past 10 years.